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DiploNews – Issue 465 – 17 April 2023

Diplo Academy upcoming courses and programmes

WORKSHOP! Diplomatic Communication in the AI Era (25 April, Belgrade)

Join us on 25 April 2023 in Belgrade (Serbia) for the unique workshop The Power of the Unsaid: Diplomatic Communication in the AI Era! In this exercise-based workshop, Dr Biljana Scott will explain how we can combine human and AI skills to improve diplomatic communication, and how we can use AI for more than writing reports and gathering data.

The number of participants is limited, so hurry and register! Register now!

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NEW! Tech Diplomacy online course

Diplo’s new Tech Diplomacy online course looks at the interactions between diplomats and the tech sector. Explore the emergence of tech diplomacy and become a more effective practitioner in our six-week course, starting May 2023. Find out more and apply!

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🐣 Limited early bird discount! 🎓 2024 MA in Contemporary Diplomacy (with internet governance specialisation)

Diplo is now accepting applications for the 2024 online Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy with a specialisation in internet governance, run in cooperation with the University of Malta Department of International Relations. The programme starts on 29 January 2024.

Apply by 1 June 2023 and benefit from our €400 early bird discount!

During 16 to 20 months of online study, the programmes guide working diplomats, international relations professionals, and internet policymakers through the theoretical and practical building blocks of diplomacy, with a focus on contemporary issues and challenges.

❗ Financial assistance available:

  • Diplo alumni are entitled to a 20% reduction in tuition fees.
  • Applicants from developing countries can be awarded a limited number of partial scholarships.
  • Maltese applicants can benefit from up to 70% off the fee in tax credits as part of the Get Qualified scheme.

For further information and to apply, please visit the MA/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy web page.


🌼 Applications open! Diplo’s 2023 spring online courses

Register now to reserve your place in our specialised spring courses:

👉🏼 Application deadlines for certificates issued by Diplo: 28 April 2023

For further information and to apply, click the course titles above or visit Diplo’s course catalogue.

◆ Need financial assistance? Scholarships are available.

Thanks to support from the government of Malta, partial scholarships are available for applicants from developing countries to attend upcoming Diplo online courses. These scholarships cover 30%–60% of course fees and can be applied to most 2023 online courses. Browse our course catalogue and contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu for further information.

Upcoming events

◆ WebDebate #59: What Can We Learn About AI Ethics and Governance From Non-Western Thought? (2 May)

Discussions on AI ethics and governance are dominated by Western thought, potentially overlooking valuable approaches. In this WebDebate, we will discuss:

  • How does the dominance of Western thought impact and limit AI ethics and governance?
  • What benefits can non-Western approaches, such as the ubuntu system of thought, bring to the table?
  • What steps are being taken to strengthen the inclusion of various perspectives in AI governance?

Register and join us on Tuesday, 2 May, at 13:00 UTC (15:00 CEST). Register now!

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Main takeaways from our recent events

◆ WebDebate #58: How to Train Diplomats to Deal With AI and Data?

The impact of digital information and communication technology (ICT) on diplomacy has been felt for many years. Now diplomats need to develop competencies in AI, but the discussion on the impact of AI on diplomacy goes much deeper. Read the summary and watch the recording!

◆ Geneva Dialogue: ‘Vulnerabilities in Digital Products: How Can Humans Decrease Risks for Humans?

Vulnerabilities in digital products can have profound effects on individuals, companies, and states. What can be done to reduce such vulnerabilities, and who should be responsible for taking action? Watch the recording!

Blogs and publications

◆ Report: Tech Diplomacy Practice in the San Francisco Bay Area 

Five years after the first mapping in 2018, this new report examines how countries engage in tech diplomacy in the San Francisco Bay Area. The report maps a selection of diplomatic representations to illustrate the variety of approaches engaged, and identifies both the benefits and challenges for countries and tech companies in pursuing the practice of tech diplomacy. Read the report!

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◆ Tracking the pulse of digital governance and diplomacy in 2023: A quarterly progress report

Every year, we prepare a number of digital policy predictions for the next 12 months. This year was no different. Three months down the line, we sat down to see what we got right and and what we got wrong. Read the blog post!

◆ News, newsworthiness and ‘truths’

In his Diplo Wisdom Circle post, Diplo Senior Fellow Aldo Matteucci discusses the concept of news, who determines what is newsworthy, and how distorted views become ‘truths’. Read the blog post!

◆ Can sharks eat the internet?

Not really (or only a bit). But this headline gets us thinking about the extreme vulnerabilities of undersea infrastructures on which our digital world relies. Diplo’s Director Jovan Kurbalija analyses. Read the blog post!

◆ Can AI beat human intuition?

Apparently not, or at least not yet. Take the test, and see if you can guess which text was written by AI and which one by a human. Read the blog post!

◆ ConfTech Digest #23 (March 2023)

This ConfTech Digest provides a monthly summary of the world of online meetings. In this issue, read what’s new with Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and Zoom, as well as a collaboration with OpenAI. Read the latest ConfTech Digest!

◆ Digital Watch newsletter #78 (April 2023)

The April issue of the Digital Watch Monthly newsletter on digital policy includes: TikTok coming under fire from several countries due to data privacy and national security concerns, how the ChatGPT-4 model is pushing the boundaries of AI development, and a summary of the OEWG 2021–2025 continued discussions on cybersecurity during its fourth substantive session. Read the newsletter!

◆ Digital Watch Weekly Newsletter

The Digital Watch Weekly Newsletter brings you the latest in digital policy from around the world, covering topics such as competition, sustainability, digital rights, artificial intelligence, geopolitics, microchips, content policy, and more. Read the latest issues and subscribe to receive the newsletter in your inbox every Monday!

Latest videos

◆ DW Shorts

Each week, an expert from the Digital Watch Observatory provides you with the week’s digital policy highlights in a short video, giving viewers insight into why these developments are significant, as well as their implications for countries, companies, and users. Watch the most recent DW Short below.

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